Outside Scholarships and Veterans Benefits

Outside Scholarships


Hon. Mario G. Olmos Memorial Scholarship

Accompanying this letter is the Hon. Mario G. Olmos Memorial Scholarship Application.  Since 1980, La Raza Lawyers Association of Fresno (LRLA) has awarded scholarships to deserving law students who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership ability, involvement in the Latino community, financial need, and ties to California’s Central Valley.  Since 1991, the LRLA scholarships have been awarded in memory of the Honorable Superior Court Judge Mario G. Olmos, a Fresno County jurist and respected community leader who was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 1990 at the age of 43.  Judge Olmos epitomized the ideals of honor, courage, leadership, and public service through his achievements as a student, volunteer, lawyer and judge. For more information, please see the application.

Deadline: February 17, 2017

Amount: $1,000 - $3,000

Raiser & Kenniff Law School Scholarship

Raiser & Kenniff, a Los Angeles criminal defense law firm, believes in helping lawyers get the education they rightfully deserve, and need. We believe each student should be in control of his destiny. That begins with a proper education. It means, people like us – accomplished attorneys, giving back to students and helping them get an education and being able to forge their own path. Getting a higher education is the only way to succeed in life. Our attorneys want to help students by contributing funds from our salaries into the creation of a brand new scholarship for college students. For more information, please see the website

Deadline: February 20, 2017

Amount: $4,500 (renewable)

Serbian Bar Association of America (SBAA)

The SBAA is the professional organization for Serbian-American attorneys, legal professionals, and law students.  The SBAA's mission is to maintain and advance the honor and dignity of the legal profession, especially amongst lawyers of Serbian ancestry; to cultivate interaction amongst members of the Association; to protect the interests of the people of the United States and Canada, especially those of Serbian ancestry; and to protect the civil rights of all, especially religious liberties of Orthodox Christians in the United States and Canada.  More information about the SBAA can be found on their website, or refer to the application.

Deadline: March 12, 2017

Amount: Varies

2017-2018 JVS Scholarship Program

The JVS Scholarship Program provides qualified Jewish students whose primary residence is in Los Angeles with need-based financial aid, in the belief that education represents the first step to career success. For more information, please see the website.

Deadline: March 15, 2017 (for renewal applicants) or March 31, 2017 (for new applicants)

Amount: Varies

The FCBA Foundation Law School Scholarship

This scholarship is open to all students enrolled at an accredited law school in the United States who are entering their second or third years of study in the Fall of 2017 and have a demonstrated interest in communications law. Awards ranging from $2,500-$10,000, are payable to the law school to cover the student’s tuition and other education-related expenses in the 2017-2018 academic year, and will be determined by a number of factors, including financial need and merit. For more informaiton, please see the website.

Deadline: March 24, 2017

Amount: Varies

2017 Law School Summer Stipend Program

This program provides stipends of up to $5,000 to outstanding law students employed as unpaid summer interns in positions with the FCC and other federal, state and local government agencies with a connection to the communications industry (i.e., broadcasting, cable, information technology, television, telephony, satellite, and wireless). In addition, the Foundation will select one outstanding intern among those chosen to receive an additional stipend for the summer:  the Max Paglin Award. Paglin was the former general counsel and executive director of the FCC and the founder of the Golden Jubilee Commission on Telecommunications, which compiled a definitive history of the Communications Act. Deatiled information can be found on its wesbite

Deadline: March 24, 2017

Amount: Varies

LSAC Diversity Writing Competition

For decades, studies consistently have shown that students of color, students living with a disability, and LGBTQ students are underrepresented in most law schools. As a consequence, smaller percentages of persons who represent these groups are graduating from law school and entering the legal profession. This writing competition is designed to reinvigorate the dialogue about the recruitment and retention strategies that law schools should deploy to yield a more diverse class of graduates who will enter the legal profession. For detailed information on how to apply, please refer to the application.

Deadline: March 31, 2017

Amount: $5,000

2017 Justice Pauline Davis Hanson Scholarship

As a tribute to the memory of the late Associate Justice Pauline Davis Hanson, Fresno County Women Lawyers has established this scholarship to encourage and support outstanding academic achievement and commitment to service by women law students. The Hanson Scholarship is an annual award to be presented to a current female law student for the following academic year in the amount of $2,000. For more information, please see the criteria and application

Deadline: May 1, 2017

Amount: $2,000

Women Lawyers Association of San Luis Obispo County

The San Luis Obispo County Women Lawyers Association is now accepting applications for its 2017 scholarship awards. WLA SLO offers up to $750 in scholarship awards to current law students or students accepted for enrollment in law school with a demonstrated connection to San Luis Obispo County. Founded in 1981, the Women Lawyers Association of San Luis Obispo County assists in the advancement of women in the legal profession and in the community at large. For more information, please refer to the application.

Deadline: July 1, 2017

Amount: Varies

Hackard Law Scholarship

The Hackard Law 2017 Academic Scholarship is a $2,500 prize awarded to college and university students in the United States for awareness of elder issues in estate law. For more information, please see the website

Deadline: August 15, 2017

Amount: $2,500

Writing Competitions

Students can also win monetary prizes and a chance to be published through various writing competitions. Check the writing competitions web page for a list of opportunities.

Veterans Benefits

All School of Law programs are approved for veterans' benefits. Eligible students should contact their regional V.A. office.


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